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Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

September 19th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 19, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8notes.com

(www.8notes.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.

When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 

  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Music Biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest Additions” category in the Resources section to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

Bird Nest Cams!

September 15th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, September 15, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Nest Cams

(www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Bookmark this site now! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this website that provides live feed from cameras trained on bird nests. You can watch a wide variety of birds as they tend their nests. See eggs, hatchlings, and watch the mama and papa birds feed their young. This is a fascinating view of the world of birds.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured birds cams. Click on the one you want to watch or scroll over the Live Cam menu and click on All Cams to see them all including: 

  • Panama Fruit Feeders
  • Red-tailed Hawks
  • Savannah Ospreys
  • Barred Owls
  • and many more!

Click on any one, and a new page opens for your viewing delight. (Some link to other sites with live cams; some are videos of past viewings.)

When you are done watching the birds, be sure to check out the menu for lots of information on birds including courses!

Want to help scientists learn more about birds? Then, become a certified NestWatch monitor. Click here for details.

This is a wonderful demonstration of how science and technology blend to create amazing learning opportunities for us all.

Discover the Spies in the Shadows

September 10th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 10, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Spies in the Shadows

(www.spiesintheshadows.com/index.php)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Companion to the documentary series, Spies in the Shadows, this interactive educational website provides visitors with tools to understand the role that intelligence and espionage played in shaping Canada.

When arriving at the home page of this website, read the brief summary “Why Spy?”, then go to the upper tool bar to select “Teacher’s Lounge”. On this page you will find downloadable lesson plans that include all the associated masters. In addition to the downloadable “Elements of Intelligence History”, which provides a list of resources for further exploration, choose from: 

  • Lesson 1: Spy Identities and Methods: War of 1812
  • Lesson 2: Spy Tools of the Trade: Cryptography, Codes, and Ciphers
  • Lesson 3: Women and Intelligence
  • Lesson 4: The Role of Intelligence and Espionage in Canada During the Cold War

In the “Teacher’s Lounge”, you will also find additional resources such as: 

  • The Secret Files –  Explore an interactive file cabinet filled with ‘index cards’ profiling some of the most unique participants in spy history.
  • The Espionage Glossary – Learn the words and phrases in the language of spies.
  • The Great Canadian Spyglass of Espionage Abbreviations – Uncover the meaning of intelligence acronyms.

After reviewing the lessons, use the features at the website to bring the lessons to life. Some of the special interactive features found in the top menu include: 

  • Cryptography Laboratory – Discover the world of codes and breaking codes with activities that include using Morse code, color shielding, book codes, and secret ink.
  • Espionage Games – Engage in the decision making process faced by commanders in the War of 1812 by ‘joining’ in five battles which include the Battle of Detroit, Battle of Stoney Creek, Battle at Beaver Dams, Battle of York, and Battle on Washington D.C.
  • Espionage Timeline – Travel through time with this interactive timeline and explore the history of espionage and intelligence. Find key icons along the way to reveal important events.
  • Links – dozens of links to other websites for further study of Canadian espionage and the War of 1812

Students intrigued by mystery, espionage, and the world of spies will enjoy exploring this website and will learn a great deal about Canadian history and the Spies in the Shadows along the way.

Trick Photography Explained

September 5th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 5, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Museum of Photography – Photographic Fictions

(www.photographymuseum.com/photographicfictions.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the history of trick photography with this website from The American Museum of Photography. The museum offers an exhibit called “Photographic Fictions: How The Camera Learned To Lie” that documents the history of how photographers used the camera to create pictures that tampered with reality. This online exhibit is really a companion to a book by the same title.

The exhibit is set up like a book – you simply click your way through the chapter pages to see great pictures and read text that illustrates the progress of trick photography from altered daguerreotypes to composite photographs designed to fool the eye. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction: Tampering With Perfection – Find out how early photographers used embellishment to improve upon reality.
  • Montages, Multiples & Mischief – Discover the secrets of double exposures and the art of creating photomontages.
  • Do You Believe? Spirit Photography, 1868-1935 – In early photography a person who moved out of camera range after only a portion of the exposure was completed would appear as a see-through blur or a “ghost.” One photographer claimed he had taken actual photographs of ghosts, starting a fad of spirit photography and a scientific controversy that lasted well into the 20th century. See the images and read the story in this section.
  • Seeing Double: Creating Clones With a Camera – In the 1860s, photographers developed techniques to duplicate people – causing them to appear twice in the same photograph. These double-exposure novelties were popular for more than three decades.
  • Faux Snow: Climate Change In the Studio – See how photographers created winter climate conditions in their studios.
  • “Did You Ever Have a Dream Like This?” – Check out the home-grown surrealism of trick photographer “Dad” Martin.

This online exhibit provides a really fascinating peak at the development of an art form of illusion. It makes one question the belief that “the camera doesn’t lie.”

Note: Today’s featured website houses other exhibits by the American Museum of Photography as well. We have not previewed the other exhibits, so our suggestion (as always) is for parents to review the content for suitability before sharing it with your children.

Explore the Castles and History of Wales

September 3rd, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, September 3, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Castles of Wales

(www.castlewales.com/home.html)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This non-profit, educational resource website created by Jeffrey L. Thomas features photographs and/or information relating to over 400 different medieval castles of Wales. Not only will visitors be able view images of the well-known and lesser known castles, but they can also learn about the castle builders and Welsh history.

When arriving at the site, you can read the introduction, and then use the upper text link menu to navigate through. Select “Main Menu” to easily arrive at areas of interest such as: 

  • Main Castle Index – Use the hyperlinked, alphabetized index of castles to quickly arrive at the castle you wish to visit.
  • Complete Castle Database – provides a larger annotated list of the castles in Wales, including those that no longer remain but have been mentioned in historical records
  • Castle Locator Maps – maps showing the locations of the major castles of Wales
  • Historical Essays – historical overviews, the evolution of the castle in Wales, and additional essays
  • Castle Builders – Discover the Welsh and Norman castle builders.
  • A Timeline of Medieval Wales and A Timeline of Welsh Castles
  • Castle Terminology – short definitions for terms associated with medieval castles, some of which are hyperlinked to examples
  • Abbeys & Other Religious Sites in Wales – includes a hyperlinked list of holy wells, abbeys, cathedrals, priories, and churches
  • Pre-Medieval & Other Historic Sites in Wales – a selection of other historical sites and monuments
  • Welsh Language Pages – In an effort to preserve the ancient Celtic language of Wales, some pages are available in Welsh. There are also a few links to Welsh language sites.
  • Drawings and Illustrations of Welsh Castles

And there’s so much more. This website would make an excellent resource for geography and history studies of Wales and castles.

How To Tie Knots!

August 31st, 2020

It’s Monday, August 31, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ropers Knots Page

(www.realknots.com/knots/index.htm)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported, archived website provides a free directory of instructions with illustrations on how to tie knots. You’ll discover how to tie hitches, loops, and other specialty knots for sailing, camping, and more.

When you get to the website, you’ll see a menu of knot instructions and a way to search for knots alphabetically by name. Then just click on the one that interests you – and get step-by-step, illustrated directions on how to tie the knot.

This site also contains links to many, many other knot sites created by scouting organizations, fishermen, artists and more. (Note: We did not review these other sites – parental supervision is suggested.) There’s even a series of websites devoted to math and knot tying.

Oh, and you’ll find a link to learn how to tie a man’s tie as well.

Note: Because this is an ad-supported site where ads are randomly generated – it’s impossible to predict if the advertising on any given page is suitable for children. Parents, as always, should preview and then review the site with their children.

Have fun!

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